Panel Discussion: Do Workers’ Compensation networks care about providers or profits?
Insights from our recent panel discussion featuring a California provider, iPTCA President and Bardavon CEO Matt Condon
On October 8, Matt Condon, CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations, was joined by Paul Gaspar, president of the independent Physical Therapists of California who represents approximately 400 Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Sean McKeown, MS, PT, Director Mission Valley Facility and Regional Director of Operations, at Physical Rehabilitation Network LLC.
They discussed the Challenges of Workers’ Compensation Physical Medicine in California, and how that applies to the industry at large. They discussed how practice owners learn from and lean on each other based on current industry trends.
Discussion also included Provider Network industry practices, discounts, bill review, tiered pricing, positioning your business for growth, and most importantly why Employers/Carriers need to know about these topics.
Many may be familiar with the lawsuit filed in California by the iPTCA against MedRisk in 2019. This lawsuit centers on specific illegal practices: that MedRisk refers patients to physical therapists who agree to the lowest discounts. This practice violates the California Labor Code and California’s Unfair Competition Law. In addition to MedRisk’s referral policy violations, the suit alleges other systemic malfeasance regarding failure to comply with all legal requirements of electronic billing.
“We knew we could not be treated fairly, and we discontinued our contract,” said Gaspar. “I can’t put myself, my family, my colleagues at risk for participating in an illegal, cartel-like design.”
What does the lawsuit mean for physical and occupational therapists in California and other states?
How do you differentiate your practice to drive workers compensation patients to your practice?
How has the impact of utilization review affected a practice’s ability to provide quality care?
Why should employers and carriers care about these topics.
Watch and learn in this lively conversation.